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Originally a Discord bot made with love and python. Ford ran my first version on January 1st 2016. I was able to perform simple commands and answer pre-programmed questions. Pibot is my designated helper fairy.

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Three years ago, in a fit of heated political tension, the supervolcano beneath Yellowstone exploded and now the Earth has begun to slip into a new ice age. For those in the closed-off mining town of Norilsk, Siberia, the resource train did not arrive last week. Food and fuel are becoming scarce. A young teen decides to take matters in his own hands. Authors note: Fixed the dead links that blocked over half the game from being accessed. Sorry about that.

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Creatures Of The Night Contest Entry.

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MS DNA Cloud Storage | Ford's Articles Of Interest on 4/8/2020 6:45:18 AM
I don't know. Can you?

New News Newsletter on 4/5/2020 4:50:12 PM
the power to lowercase the letter m

The Weekly Review - Edition 50 on 4/5/2020 5:55:42 AM
what on earth compelled you to choose such a weird collection of people for who's who? the other editions almost had some continuity with them all being old members or all being active in this year but you have the likes of miccy and fergie next to saika? From what I recall saika was on a similar level to honor who is in jail or dead now. If you have miccy and fergie you must've run out of bhb folks. Though I'll admit I've never really read one of these in full. Still haven't. Leora is definitely not known for that lol and I'm pretty sure I haven't made an alt in over two years. do you actually dust off old member statistics from a filling cabinet as reference material?

Ford's Articles Of Interest on 4/3/2020 10:07:56 PM
A dozen new moons of Jupiter discovered, including one “oddball”

The oddball is a 1km wide “moon” orbiting in a cross-sectional way to a collection of the other discovered moons that are likely broken pieces of bigger moons that collided due to the cross orbiting. There’s a couple other moons they discovered that aren’t as interesting. They are also thinking of naming the tiny cross-orbiter oddball moon Valetudo “after the Roman god Jupiter’s great-granddaughter.” An observatory in my town and some people in the astronomy department of my university were in some way involved with this.

I’ve never been a fan of geology but rocks in outer space are kind of cool. So I’ll give this article a 4/8 for being well-written and not boring.

More article recommendations welcome. The term article is treated very loosely here. Thanks.

Embracing the Writing Process on 4/3/2020 6:48:56 PM
good article

Ford's Articles Of Interest on 4/1/2020 11:15:35 PM
Automated STEM/EDS Metrology Characterization of 3D NAND Devices

This article describes an automated system that categorizes 3D-NAND devices by their feature sizes using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) [collectively STEM/EDS].

For people who don’t want to understand any of those words: there’s a program that uses special tools to scan electronics at the nano-meter level and sort them based on features it recognizes.

Thankfully this “article” is like a page long with the second page being pictures of how the program determines what an “edge” is and how it measures between these edges (metrology) to categorize the electronics.

Deep Down Things by Bruce Schuum on 4/1/2020 7:56:11 PM
My book for April 2020 is Deep Down Things by Bruce Schuum - a physics book that attempts to greatly avoid the complex mathematics involved with each theory or concept presented in order to make the world of physics more accessible to a greater audience. It has 10 chapters with roughly 350 pages which means, in order to finish in April, I only need to read about a third of a chapter a day or 12 pages. Every chapter will get its own writeup in this thread and then an overall book writeup to cap it off.

I'd like to encourage discussion of the book and the concepts within it. As a student of engineering, I will volley questions as best I can in order to sharpen my own understanding of these things I'm interested in.

You can find my initial notes / extended writeup here.

Free Writing Software? on 4/1/2020 7:43:23 PM

Ford's Articles Of Interest on 3/29/2020 6:18:08 PM
Storage Briefings Roundup: Computational Storage, Micro Edge

This short article covers four technologies in three industry-related categories: computational storage, software-defined servers, and hyperconverged computing.

In computational storage the article dives into NDG Systems and ScaleFlux’s new technologies which offer computation directly on the SSD in order to decrease load on the CPU but more importantly decrease bus load.

For those not in the know, a bus is a collection of wires which transmit data - the simplest bus being a single wire. If you wanted to transmit an 8-bit binary number, like 10001000 then 8 wires would do that most efficiently because you would only need one clock cycle or “tick” to read all 8 at once, whereas one wire would need at least 8 cycles to transfer that same data. Busses are always the limiting factor of memory storage and computational technology. Their length (physical distance away from connected components) and width (number of wires) are primary qualities that affect the speed of data transfer. Anyways, back to the article.

The company NGD Systems puts a processor right in their storage device running linux so they can run linux-based applications. The vendor boasts a 10x traffic reduction on the data bus during a typical search operation. The key words being “typical” and “search operation” here because a search operation requires some algorithm to find the correct data while typical can mean whatever they want it to mean. Say you want to access a file on your SSD (that was made by these people), when you open your file explorer the SSD has a processor in it that will optimize your search so that the CPU doesn’t have to deal with it. All the CPU has to do is request the data of a folder and the SSD does the work - thus decreasing what has to be transferred via the bus and also decreasing the number of cycles needed to do the task. Saving computing power, electrical energy, and making storage more efficient.

Granted, the ScaleFlux solution does the same - except instead of a processor they have an FPGA that is programmed to do one thing (usually the most computationally expensive thing) such as erasure coding, compression/decompression, or sorting. The downside being that each SSD has one FPGA with one function - so if you were going to be compressing and decompressing a lot more than sorting your SSD files, you’d buy an SSD from ScaleFlux that had a compressing/decompressing optimized FPGA in it and the sorting would be done through the CPU. It’s more efficient for specific applications than the NGD Systems solution of a general processor but less efficient than a general processor solution outside of the specific application.


In software-defined servers, the author focuses on virtual servers and particularly the TidalScale solution of using a “hyperkernel” software to interconnect many physical servers to create one giant server with multi-server storage and computational power. The kernel also manages computational resources between the servers, using each one almost like how your own PC might use multiple cores to its processor. It uses some machine learning algorithms to do the load balancing in the background and run applications that are too resource heavy for one server to do alone.


In hyperconverged computing, the article delves into the logistics of Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and Scale Computing’s solution of a 4”x4”x1.5” box that runs the Intel NUC10 microcomputer with the HyperCore OS. The HCI nodes are used to move applications away from a data center and closer to where the data is generated or collected to increase the response time and speed of things like IoT devices or remote testing.

Imagine there was a tiny computer at every telephone pole transformer - that would be a “micro edge node” in this analogy, and the system/protocol that allows all these edge nodes to communicate is what they would call the “edge fabric.” This is helpful if you have an IoT household - you could tell your toaster or whatever to do something and it would interpret and send out the data but instead of sending the data to the nearest data center (usually the closest large city or metro area) it would only have to send it just outside to the nearest node where the node would then do all the things, completing the operation prior to sending the data to a data center. So everything works a bit faster the more of these “edge” nodes exist; and don’t worry - they won’t be on every telephone pole or anything ridiculously close like that. They’d be centered at places like businesses or other places with secure technological infrastructure.

The HCI the article focuses on is the HE150 which, for those who can read computer specs and be impressed, has a 64TB DRAM max, 6-core CPU, 2TD SSD, and only requires one ethernet connection. Scale Computing also provides software for the “edge fabric” and a couple API’s and such to make everything go a lot smoother.

I am infected on 3/28/2020 8:52:00 PM
I read it all, I meant to ask why they have a weird rule like that.